Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Following the Clues with Ginnifer Goodwin

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

You see it all the time in movie mysteries: the genius detective trying to solve a case that seems to have no answer. As the story progresses, however, we are transported into the detective’s mind. Random clues appear to glow in the detective’s vision, flashbacks to telling circumstances pop on the screen, and the audience… Read more

SSDI’s New Companion: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) was among the first collections posted on Ancestry when the website first began adding content back in 1996. Since then, it has been a boon to researchers looking for 20th-century ancestors and those doing descendancy, heirship, and other types of forensic genealogical research. Once you locate an ancestor in the… Read more

The New Ancestry: July 22nd Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 23, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that called out upcoming enhancements that we had planned. Here is this week’s update on our progress. We have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide… Read more

Over 100 Years of Canadian Yearbook Records are Now Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 21, 2015 in Canada, Content, Research

As kids across the country enjoy their break from the books this summer, we just released a collection of more than one million historical yearbook records (featuring more than 100,000 pages), helping shed light on Canadian high school and university attendees from years past. The Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1908-2010 collection contains 1,355,141 Canadian middle school,… Read more

The New Ancestry: July 15th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 15, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

It has been just over a month since we introduced the new Ancestry website, designed to transform how you can discover and tell your family story. Over the last month, we have been listening to your suggestions for how to make the new site even better. We’ve been working hard to incorporate your feedback to… Read more

Quick Guide Available: New Facts Page

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 1, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

The updated Facts view lets you add facts, family members, sources, and more. To get you started, take a look at these common tasks and how you can perform them with the new site. (1) Find a person in your tree—While this feature works the same, you’ll find it on the top-left side of the… Read more

Understanding Your Privacy Settings

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

At Ancestry, we value and respect our customers’ privacy and we have standards in place to protect the integrity of the data our customers entrust to us. So, we want to be clear about a policy change we are making. As of today, we are updating our privacy statement to clarify what information we may… Read more

Historical Insights: Walking in My Ancestors’ Shoes

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on June 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

I never understood my parents’ obsession with family history until I started to see my ancestors as more than just names and dates—and dusty old records. At first it was reading my Grandpa Pete’s journal describing the Statue of Liberty when his family arrived from Denmark. And when I read The Grapes of Wrath and… Read more

Farmers: The Unsung Heroes of America

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

This is a guest post by George Morgan, genealogy expert and co-host of The Genealogy Guys podcast.  I can document two U.S. presidents in my family tree. While their lives are fascinating, their stories don’t pique my interest nearly as much as the lives of the common men and women who embody the spirit of the American… Read more

Fathers Paving the Way: Birds of Passage

Posted by Juliana Szucs on June 18, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You could hear the emotion in her voice as Lillian Galletta told Janet Levine of the National Park Service about her arrival at Ellis Island in 1928. We were in this big room, very large room, and they called your name out. And when they called Galletta, my father came running through the turnstile, and… Read more